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Boy, have the fellas at Microsoft become sensitive and caring in their old age? Or is it just that the howls that went up from even their most devoted fans meant that they finally had to take notice? Whatever the cause, the Open Letter from Office bigwig Richard Fade reads more like a mea culpa to this woofer. No real surprise... it was pretty outrageous to just change all the Office formats in Office 97, especially when they must have known that many, many users wouldn't make the move immediately for the simple reason that the extra 16MB of RAM needed made it impractical. I know that there are ways to set it up so that you either save in dual format or save to the old format, but it would have been so much simpler just to ship a free converter on the Office 97 CD, guys... we'll see what the Service Patch in July brings.

GUI office head honcho Cathy Conte has taken to keeping fish since GUI's move to the oh-so-upmarket Toorak premises. Well, perhaps "keeping" isn't quite the right word. So far, she's averaging about one dead fish every three weeks...

Aussie tools distributor Softerm have gone into the ISP business, it would appear. Under the puzzling TLA PDQ, they now have an all-singing, all-dancing web site to prove it. Someone should whisper in Keith Pickup's shell-like ear that the Softerm Web Site is not the best ad - and hasn't been for many months!

Delphi 3 hit the shelves at last! And bundled with it comes Borland's all-singing, all-dancing MIDAS. This is an acronym which allegedly stands for "Multi-tier Distributed Application Services Suite". I would have thought that that was MDASS, gents! The worst attempt at an acronym since GLBS came up with WISE when it should have been WSIE, in this dog's opinion...

Or is it just a clever pun? Midas do mufflers, as I recall. And with Borland's now-legendary non-approach to marketing, perhaps they've outsourced their marketing efforts to Midas as well? It'd certainly suit...

While on the subject of acronyms, I wonder did anyone at GUI Online ever stop to consider that the acronym from their new name, Spider Eye Studios, is the same as that for the State Emergency Service? Or, perhaps, they've taken to setting up a free web emergency service???

Aussie Guru Neville Franks from Soft As It Gets is obviously still raking in the cash from Ed for Windows. He recently took a brief sabattical at Lorne in Victoria and "just to keep in touch", acquired a new cell-modem an assorted bits, so this dog hears. Must be great to have bags of money...

GUI Head Honcho Mark Trescowthick, featured last issue because he couldn't work PowerPoint, is still in the speaking wars it would appear. At GUI's recent VB5 Workshop, his piece on the VB5 IDE was marred by the fact that his sample addin wouldn't. And this after he spent all day tearing up bits of his speech on the new IDE features as speaker after speaker stole his thunder... perhaps he should have complained to the idiot who scheduled an IDE speech at the end of the day. And that was? Yes, you guessed it...

Ex-GUI staffer Adam Malone ties the knot (finally) in a few weeks. Now based in beautiful downtown Mt Tom Price in WA, Malone hit town no less than 5 weeks in advance of the date, and has been on a pretty much continuous party ever since, by all accounts. The wedding is to be held over two days, and in full Medieval regalia... I'll be there, rest assured!

Finally, has Spider Eye design guru, Anna Morgan, fallen for, of all things, her boxing coach? I hear they're setting up house together and one of the prime requirements is a large garage so they can put lots of boxing equipment in. Hmmm, I guess they'll be "working out" a lot behind closed doors...




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